World’s first lab-grown beef burger. Would you eat it?
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Surveys suggest fewer than half of Americans are looking forward to lab-grown meat. A moral psychologist examines common objections and why for the most part they're not logical.
As the number of companies growing meat in vats explodes, the sector is facing challenges that show it is coming of age.
Lab-grown or cultured meat, when done at scale, will be an industrial process with significant energy requirements.
Despite many claims, nobody knows for sure how the environmental footprint of lab-grown meat compares to livestock. An animal scientist says the issue is not black and white.
Interested in a juicy burger grown in the lab?
Cultured meat comes from cells in a lab, not muscles in an animal. While regulatory and technological aspects are being worked out, less is known about whether people are up for eating this stuff.
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We need to address the mindset that enables this mass slaughter of animals in the first place.
The world’s first lab-grown beef burger, the result of years of research by Dutch scientist Mark Post at the University of Maastricht.
We might be able to grow artificial meat but are people really prepared to eat such produce over meat from farmed animals?
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